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Poster: He Live's Date: Jan 28, 2009 8:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TJI (johnupdike)

the first couple rabbit books are pretty good -- and i know he wrote at least a few good short stories -- but me too, i enjoyed cheever so much more. and i mean really, how many books do you need to read about upper middle-class white new englanders?

(then again, how many Jack Straw's do i really need taking up space on my laptop? ........... alright, i can't find one i want to delete right now -- but i will, for updike's sake.)


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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jan 28, 2009 8:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TJI (johnupdike)

"...how many books do you need to read about upper middle-class white new englanders?"

too funny :)

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jan 28, 2009 8:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TJI (johnupdike)

I prefer the ones about working class southerners (then again, it's easier to identify with the background and upbringing - coming from a guy who originally thought mint jelly was for the biscuits and not the lamb. Give me a fuckin' hushpuppy and/or cornbread w/ molasses).

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Jan 28, 2009 8:53am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TJI (johnupdike)

gotta love McCarthy's "appalachia" etc novels (non-western). though some of those characters are not exactly "working class" - more like bottom feeding weirdos (but in a good way)

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jan 28, 2009 8:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TJI (johnupdike)

First book of his I read was Suttree - loved it and knew that area of Tenn very well. He nailed it.